Origin of Teflonfrom (poly)te(tra)fl(uoroethylene) + -on, arbitrary suffix for synthetic products
a tough, insoluble polymer, used in making nonsticking coatings, as for cookware, and in gaskets, bearings, electrical insulators, etc.
this substance, esp. as a coating
Informal regarded as having the ability to maintain one's standing or reputation in spite of scandal, wrongdoing, etc.
A trademark for a waxy, opaque material, polytetrafluoroethylene, employed as a coating on cooking utensils and in industrial applications to prevent sticking. This trademark often occurs in figurative contexts in print: “It would make of Gorbachev's stewardship a truly Teflon chairmanship, demonstrating that no Soviet actions, regardless of how egregious, will cling to him” ( New Republic )
- (trademark) Multiple film, resin, coatings, fabric and surface protectors made with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) or fluoropolymer and surfactants not made with PTFE.
- John Gotti, known in some circles as Dapper Don for his fashion sense and Teflon Don for his ability to beat charges time and again, was the head of the Gambino crime family in the late 80s and early 90s.
- Self-lubricating Teflon® glides make sure the sash will glide easily after years of use, and the many interior and exterior choices will match almost any décor.
- Additionally, gluten is often a binding agent in vitamins and other pills, and even shows up in some lipsticks and on Teflon coated pots and pans.
- At this point, he has had an estimated 700 hours of tattooing, piercing in his ears and septum and Teflon "horns" implanted above his eyes.
- Remove the old Teflon tape from the threaded nipples on the hot and cold water valves and replace it with a fresh wrap of the Teflon tape.